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Posted November 26, 2007 by publisher in Cuban Movies

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The most powerful exhibit of pre-revolution Cuban paintings will be on display from December 7, 2007 - April 27, 2008 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The exhibition, Great Masters of Cuban Art 1800 to 1958, will feature over 90 paintings from the private collection of Cuban-born collectors Roberto and Carlos Ramos of Miami. The brothers have overcome great challenges to rescue both the artworks and the archival art history of the Cuban Republic (1902-1958). The paintings are by some of Cuba’s most revered artists and are breathtaking with their vibrant colors and subject matter.

This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Museum’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Foundation Museum Collection which was generously given to the “city and people of Daytona Beach” by President Fulgencio Batista and his wife Marta. The collection has grown over the years and is considered one of the most complete public collections of pre-revolution Cuban art on display outside of Cuba.

Anything you can do to help Daytona Beach to promote this wonderful event would be greatly appreciated.

Further information on this exhibit, in addition to images from the collection, can be found on the website, http://www.moas.org/pressroom or contact for more information:

Christina Lane
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Marketing & Communications Director
Museum of Arts & Sciences
352 S Nova Road
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
http://www.moas.org
386-255-0285, ext. 320

MEDIA PREVIEW DATES:
December 4 and 5, 2007. Interviews with the collectors will be available by appointment. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if attending.

EVENTS:
December 6 - Opening 5:30 to 7:30pm

Guests are invited to meet the collectors of the exhibition and enjoy light Cuban food and music.
Free for MOAS members or to the general public with paid general admission.

January 19 to 25 Cuba Week: A week of activities in honor of Jose’ Marti’s Birthday. (See http://www.moas.org/pressroom for full schedule)

January 19 - Havana Night Fundraiser 6 to 9pm

Start a week of commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Foundation Museum at the Museum of Arts and Sciences by joining us for an evening of celebration at our Havana Night Fundraiser.

FEATURING:
Cuban Cuisine, Live Music, Mojito & Cigar Bars,Remarks by the Collectors, & Gallery Tours.
Cost: $75 members $125 non-members
RSVP by January 11, 2008 Call 386-255-0285 for tickets

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on November 26, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I hesitated to publish this article since I read that the Museum had ties to Batista but I will take the politics out of the art and let the readers decide if they wish to attend.

    Let me know how it goes if you do attend.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on November 26, 2007 by HavanAndrew with 87 total posts

    There are reasons that the government of Cuba makes it hard for me to export art to Canada and the world. I fully understand many of the Cuba’s great works of art were smuggled out of the country, many of which were stolen. All art that leaves the country must have a certificate and is inspected on departure. I will go through this process to help Cuba protect the great remaining works. Batista stole a lot from Cuba including the art at the gallery in Daytona. These paintings belong to the people of Cuba and should be returned in the future.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on November 26, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thanks for the insight. I am surprised the the museum so proudly states that Batista was involved.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 23, 2008 by Jose Acosta

    I am a Cuban-American artist. I was born in San Jose Cuba 1966 and currently live in New York.  I love visiting Florida to see the beautiful art created by my fellow Cubans.  I also have some artist friends in Cuba and it is not hard or ileagal to take art out of Cuba as long as you have documentation that the work was purchased legally.  As per Batista you might be right about stolen art etc.  But Fidel stole our whole country of Cuba lock, stock and barrel.  So yes I would rather see the great Cuban Art Here in Miami and someday (Soon) when Fidel and his Communist are gone I am sure the Cuban Art Museums will once again be overflowing with great Cuban Art.


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